You may have heard we're going through a transformation here at Microsoft.? It's an unprecedented shift in our culture, the way we do business and our approach to the world.? At the heart of that is hiring people who have a desire to succeed, a passion to innovate and an insatiable appetite to learn.? If that sounds like you, read on, this may be just the place for you...?? You would be joining a team at the heart of Microsoft's hugely successful Azure cloud business. This role will put you at the front and center of working with our top customers to help them get real business value from Azure. This Solution Architect role is a deeply technical role, working with our customers to build technical capability, create innovative solutions to their business challenges and uncover new workloads that could be migrated to Azure. **The Team** The Data & AI CTO team is responsible for supporting the Data & AI Sales and Delivery organization by driving presales, global strategies, technical readiness and quality. The Data & AI CTO is geographically distributed worldwide. It is chartered to function in close interaction with product engineering and collaborate with services sales teams to drive solution adoption. **Responsibilities** The ideal candidate will have experience in customer facing roles and success leading deep technical architecture discussions with senior customer executives to drive cloud deployment. Key responsibilities include: Drive the deployment of customer workloads onto Azure Data Services and machine learning to increase their consumption of the Microsoft Data Platform by providing deployment guidance, supporting development of the customers' cloud adoption model, and providing appropriate recommendations to overcome blockers. Develop deep relationships with key customer decision makers, who drive long-term data platform adoption within their company. You will also identify, validate and grow opportunities to accelerate deployment and consumption in your assigned customer accounts, in partnership with the sales team, by driving solution architecture for both Microsoft and 3rd party solutions. Lead deployment of projects, creation of collateral, and training of sellers and partners in your area of specialization. Maintain technical skills and knowledge, keeping up to date with market trends and competitive insights. This role will be a part of core product engineering. We will collaborate with different products and services group to solve some of the hardest and most interesting technology challenges in the industry, for one of the best technology companies in the world. Making Compete migrations successful on our platform is critical for the non-linear growth strategy of Microsoft. Through these migrations we expect to drive revenues as well as product truth for different products and services. To solve these challenges, you will work with some of Microsoft's best engineers, data scientists, customer success teams and partner teams. This is a significant and rare opportunity for an ambitious self-starter who is passionate about technology and driving impact. **Qualifications** **Required Qualifications:** + 5+ years of IT industry experience with architecting transactional and Data Analytics solutions. + 2+ years of IT services industry experience with modernization and migration factory exposure. + 3+ years of Program or Project or Product Management with Technical prowess and passion-especially for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Data Services, Server and Database products. **Skills for this role are as following:** + Deep technical knowledge/experience on architecting, developing, deploying enterprise solutions based on SQL Server 2008-2016 and Azure SQLDB/DW. Including high transactional and Data warehousing, geographically distributed HA/DR solutions. + Must have deep practical experience troubleshooting performance problems, tuning and optimization of SQL Server based solutions. + Must have experience with relational systems like Oracle, DB2, Teradata, Netezza or Greenplum. + Must have ability to work independently with minimal management supervision + Must have ability to manage challenging technical issues by setting customer expectations, devising and implementing action plans, having a willingness to go the extra mile and professionally communicating to all parties involved. + Must have deep understanding of cloud infrastructure technologies, business drivers, emerging computing trends, and deployment projects (where necessary, leading various customer/partner relationships to get consensus on solutions/projects) + Help drive product truth for different Microsoft products, services and create technical migration playbooks for different workload migration scenarios. + Good to have experience delivering and/or authoring technical training + Good to have intermediate knowledge of public cloud (i.e. Azure, AWS) Infra, Containers, Kubernetes, System Center, PowerShell, Windows and Linux. ? **Preferred skills for this role are as following:** + Exposure to Cloud Application, database design practices and principles with solid solution architecture and development skills is critical for this role. + Presales deep architecture exposure with end to end execution + Ability to create TCO/ROI model, converse with business, technical and developer audiences + Understanding and proficiency with architectural design patterns, and the agile method(s). + Presentation experience, public speaking skills and strong communication abilities + Values diversity and embraces a growth mindset. + Bachelor's Degree in computer science or Engineering + Location: Seattle Area preferred but open for other locations too? Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form at https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest . Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.